Lair of the Minotaur

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Lair of the Minotaur
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Genres Thrash metal, sludge metal
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Southern Lord Records
The Grind-House Records
Associated acts 7000 Dying Rats
Members Steven Rathbone
Nate Olp
Chris Wozniak
Past members Larry Herweg
Donald James Barraca
Weasel Walter (live only)

Lair of the Minotaur is a thrash/sludge metal band from Chicago, Illinois.


Lair of the Minotaur was formed by vocalist/guitarist Steven Rathbone in 2003 after his other band, 7000 Dying Rats, became a studio-only project. He enlisted fellow 7000 Dying Rats bandmate Donald James Barraca on bass and long-time friend Larry Herweg as drummer (of post-metal band Pelican).[1] Wasting no time, Lair of the Minotaur recorded their self-produced 6-track debut EP in 2003, which eventually found its way into the hands of Southern Lord Records. Immediately impressed, Southern Lord signed up LotM, releasing debut full-length Carnage in 2004 and the followup, The Ultimate Destroyer, in 2006. Between Carnage and The Ultimate Destroyer, a second EP, Cannibal Massacre, was issued in 2005, also on Southern Lord. Later in 2006, Herweg was replaced on drums by Chicago-native Chris Wozniak. The band embarked on a European tour with The Capricorns during the summer of 2007 before returning to Chicago to record their third full-length War Metal Battle Master, released by Southern Lord in March 2008. The band toured the United States extensively in 2008 in support of the album, with bands such as Kylesa, Today is the Day, Boris, and Torche. In October 2008, Barraca left the band and was replaced by Indianapolis-native and Demiricous bass guitarist/vocalist Nate Olp.

An extensively edited version of the music video for the song "War Metal Battle Master" premiered on Headbanger's Ball on MTV2 in July 2008. The storyline in the video follows the song's lyrics, with the unedited version featuring Spartan-like warriors fighting with swords, graphic depictions of decapitations, and naked blood-covered female cannibals feasting on human flesh. A DVD featuring both versions of the video, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and various live videos was released by Southern Lord in January 2009.

The band's fourth full-length album, Evil Power, was released in 2010 on The Grind-House Records, an independent record label started by Rathbone, Wozniak, and Josh Diebel of Alleysweeper Records, distributed by Southern Lord. An accompanying music video for the title track, with stylings similar to that of the War Metal Battle Master music video, was filmed and released in early 2010. In honor of the album, Lair of the Minotaur teamed up with Three Floyds Brewing Company to brew and release a beer called Evil Power Imperial Pilsner in April 2011, coinciding with a performance at Three Floyds' Darklord Day festival. The beer was again brewed and released in April 2013, also coinciding with a performance at Darklord Day.

2013 marked the release of a two-song EP entitled Godslayer on The Grind-House Records.




  • 2003 - Lair of the Minotaur EP (self-produced and distributed)
  • 2005 - Cannibal Massacre EP (Southern Lord Records)
  • 2013 - Godslayer EP (The Grind-House Records)



  1. ^ Lee, Cosmo (May 22, 2006). "The Ultimate Destroyer review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 

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